ERIC Number: ED520572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Reference Count: 13
Successful Leadership in High Poverty, Urban Schools. Implications from UCEA
Jacobson, Stephen; Terry Orr, M.; Young, Michelle D.
University Council for Educational Administration
Research shows that leadership matters in improving student achievement. In fact, among school-related factors over which policy makers have some control, effective leadership practices rank second only to the quality of teaching in influencing student learning (Leithwood, Louis, Anderson & Wahlstrom, 2004). Quality leadership is particularly important in schools serving youngsters living in high poverty urban schools (Scheerens & Bosker, 1997). Coupled with the fact that high quality leaders are perceived to be in relatively short supply in urban school systems (Jacobson, 2005), individuals need to incorporate what they know about the passion, commitments and practices of successful leaders into principal preparation and district support. Through joint effort and informed action, preparation programs and districts can improve the quality and effectiveness of school leaders for the schools (and students) who need effective leadership most.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Leadership Effectiveness, Poverty Areas, Disadvantaged, Educational Quality, Leadership Qualities, Educational Administration, Best Practices, Performance Factors
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration